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Is the doctor-nurse game still being played?

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Michael, first point, the patients 'observable perspective' for this argument is irrelevant. We do act on a different paradigm than our medical colleagues, and yes we do not have the time to do a lot of the tasks our profession demands. But would you expect a single teacher to teach a class of 200 kids successfully? Would you expect a mechanic to be able to fix 68 cars in a single hour to a decent standard? Would you expect ... no, you wouldn't. So why is the expectation there that Nurses can care for the amount of patients we have effectively? In this case Michael, as usual, your so called 'observable' difference is irrelevant. The separate paradigms are still there, regardless of whether you see them or not. Also, I suspect that once the POST qualification exams and training is taken into account, then of course the two separate qualifications are more comparable. But taking your example, why then is the POST qualification exams and training of Nurses not afforded equal weight? The fact of the matter is, Nursing IS a highly qualified, highly skilled and essential PROFESSION. It is about time we are afforded the respect and status that other professional bodies enjoy, with the advantages like better pay and working conditions that go with that, and it is about time that the power that we have is wielded to give us equal standing with Doctors in the care we give to our patients and the influence we have over the running of the NHS. This is slowly happening already, as Anonymous | 1-Nov-2011 7:00 pm states, it is common now in many trusts for advanced Nurses to sit equally with Doctors in ward meetings as part of the Consultant team where comments and recommendations from all are valued equally. As I have said many times, this is NOT about Nurse V Doctor, but it IS about Nurses obtaining the same professional respect and status as an autonomous, separate but equal profession.

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3 November, 2011

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2:21 pm

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